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Robocall terminator sets sights on data thieves

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bad news for data thieves: The Terminator is coming for you. Robocall-ridding, autodialer-assassinating, telemarketer-terminating Nomorobo is extending its shields beyond voice calls and spam texts. The popular call-blocker has released Version 2.5, a souped-up app that includes data-tracking protection and other defenses against nefarious forces deceptively using web advertising to track consumer behavior. Featuring an online ad blocker that “virtually eliminates all types of ads and privacy-invading trackers,” according to Port…


Welkom bij New York: PSC OKs $17.7B Altice deal

Altice Group’s proposed $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision Systems Corp. has cleared its final hurdle. With a heaping side-dish of conditions, the New York State Public Service Commission served up its unanimous approval Wednesday – provided the Dutch conglomerate offers low-cost broadband services to lower-income regions and guarantees job protections, among other requirements. The PSC’s blessing basically finalizes a deal announced in September, following approvals by the Federal Communications Commission and the New Jersey Board…


FCC decides no mo’ stalling on robocalls

By J.L. KOMINICKI // In a decided victory for Port Jefferson-based startup Nomorobo, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that give telephone companies wide latitude in blocking robocalls and spam text messages on landlines and wireless phones. Nomorobo, whose cloud-based, patent-pending technology has hung up on millions of unwanted telemarketing calls over the past two years, was among two dozen companies lobbying the FCC to block so-called robocalls, which the agency concedes is the…


Verizon, Sprint settle messaging complaint

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have agreed to pay $158 million to settle complaints that they charged millions of dollars of unauthorized fees that appeared on customer cellphone bills in a practice known as cramming, the FCC announced. Under the agreement, Verizon will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million. The unauthorized charges were for third-party premium text messaging services. The FCC said it received “numerous” complaints from consumers who had never requested the services and were…